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Today's News

  • Could budget issues impact school’s start in fall?

    If the Roane County Board of Education sticks with its convictions, there’s no telling when the 2015-16 school year might start.

    “This year, I don’t think we need to start school until we have a budget set,” Sam Cox said at Wednesday’s budget work session.

    The current school year started on Aug. 6, but the Roane County Commission didn’t approve the county’s budget until Sept. 8. The budget didn’t include $1.017 million of additional revenue that the board had requested.

  • Roane County robotics team breaking gender barriers

    Roane County High School’s robotics team is kicking into high gear, busier than ever before in its third year of competiton.

    This year, the team is building two robots instead of one.

    “The game is very competitive this year and very hectic, so we aren’t sure which will work best,” said team captain Cothran Theiss, a junior. “We are going to see which one performs better once we have it built.”

    It’s a totally different game this season, according to Theiss.

    Each competition has been different.

  • Students treated to magic show
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Educational mismanagement — top to bottom

    Well, Gentle Reader, this week let us discuss education and the sad fact that sometimes the very folks we have placed in charge of the education of our young are themselves sadly lacking in the basic skills of clear thinking, sound reasoning, and basic factual knowledge.

    This unhappy happenstance occurs at all levels, sad to say, running from the ivied halls of academe to the basic neighborhood institutions of kindergarten upwards.

  • Midway’s Hester commits to Carson-Newman

    At the end of the regularly scheduled church service at Laurel Bluff Baptist Church on Sunday, Pastor Don Long turned the floor over to Hayden Hester, a senior football player from Midway High School.

    Hester has spent the last four years playing football for the Green Wave and on Sunday, in front of the whole congregation, announced his commitment to continue his playing career at Carson-Newman University.

  • OS, Rockwood advance in consolation brackett

    When the Lady Bobcats of Oliver Springs Middle School squared off against the Lady Blue Devils of Harriman Middle School on Monday night, it was more than just an old fashion county rivalry grudge match.

    The ladies were facing off in an elimination game in the Area 4AA district tournament in Rockwood.

    Four periods of action was just not enough to find a winner, as it took an overtime period for the Lady Bobcats to pick up the 35-32 win.

    After the first quarter, the two teams were deadlocked at 5.

  • Sweetwater rallies past Rockwood in second half

    The first part of Rockwood head coach Paul Kamikawa’s game plan went like he planned, force Sweetwater to shoot 3-point shots.

    The downside to that plan? Sweetwater sank nine of them on their way a 67-44 win.

    “That’s what we wanted was for them to shoot 3-pointers,” Kamikawa said. “We felt like they would go inside against us if we played our usual man-to-man, but they didn’t.”

    The Wildcats opened the game with back-to-back treys to get out to an early 6-0 lead. The Tigers rallied to tie the game at 9, but Sweetwater wasn’t done shooting from beyond the arch.

  • Lady Tigers hold off late charge from Sweetwater

    After racing out to an early lead the Rockwood Lady Tigers fought off Sweetwater Monday night en route to a 37-32 victory.

    “It was a big win for us,” Rockwood head coach Amy Breazeale said. “... I thought we played better tonight. I tried to keep fresh legs on the floor. (Sweetwater) only had six players, so I thought it was to our advantage to keep fresh legs on the floor.”

    After nearly 5 minutes without a basket, Rockwood’s Lexie Hill put her team on the board, but Sweetwater responded, pulling ahead 4-2.

  • Drinnen-Hensley

    Lanita Drinnen of Lenoir City and Dewayne Drinnen of Maryville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ciera Drinnen of Lenoir City, to Josh Hensley of Lenoir City.

    He is the son of Dale and Debbie Hensley of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 in Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floretta Clark of Lenoir City, the late Joyce Logan of Lenoir City, and the late Ray and Mary Drinnen of Maryville.

  • Thompson-Smith

    Mr. and Mrs. G. Atmar Thompson Jr. of Chattanooga announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Thompson of Ooltewah, to Thomas Warren Smith of Ooltewah.

    He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Warren Smith of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. May 2 in Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Ala.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sandra Brock and the late Harold E. Brock Sr. of Chickamauga, Ga., and Villa Thompson and the late Gerald A. Thompson Sr. of Branchville, S.C.